There’s something about the sound of the very first digital reverbs that everyone still loves. Sure they were limited spec-wise, but that’s exactly what gave them their character. The very first inexpensive digital reverb was the Alesis Microverb in 1986. It shattered the notion that anything digital had to cost a lot, but more than that, it had an ease of use that everyone loved. Plus it had some sounds, especially in the models that followed, that still haven’t been duplicated. Until now, that is, because that’s exactly the attraction of the Micro Digital Reverberator plugin from Korneff Audio.
The thing I like most about Dan Korneff’s plugins is that he’s an active mixer and producer and designs what he needs and likes to use in his own productions. As with his other plugs, the Micro Digital Reverberator (MDR) is dead easy to use, but it also provides ways to get deeper into the parameters if you so desire.
It’s Meant To Be Easy
The MDR revolves around 2 reverb Machines – one very simple with the interface that harkens back to the original Microverb (for those of you who go back that far), and the other taking that simple interface one step further with more presets and a display that describes the type of verb and the decay time available, just like the Microverb 3.
Machine 1 revolves around a large virtual knob that allows you to select between 6 Small verb presets, 7 Large verb presets, 2 Gate verb presets, and a Reverse reverb preset. These presets have pre-defined decay times that go from short at 1, to long at 6 or 7. The only thing you can change is Predelay, which is one of the three large parameter controls above the reverb selector control (the others being Dry and Wet signal levels).
Machine 2 has 55 presets that are accessible via the keypad and up/down keys. The presets are divided into natural spaces (presets 1 through 29), gated reverbs (30 to 39), and reverse reverbs (40 to 47). Then it gets into a strange assortment of effects that you probably won’t find on another reverb plugin – things like Multitap Reverse, Stuck Flanger, Wide Mono and Regenerated Delay.
If you want to tweak a little bit, just hit the Korneff logo in the middle of the display and you get to what looks like a circuit board where you can make adjustments like Damping, LFP, Stereo Width, GUI Zoom and more.
On the bottom of the plug there are Input and Output Trim controls and meters, as well as buttons for tool tips, the user manual, undo and redo and more.
The Korneff Audio Micro Digital Reverberator plugin would be a winner at any price, but it’s a must-have at it’s introductory price of only $19!
You can find out more here, or watch the video below and sound sample video that follows it.